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Beware BBQ enthusiasts: newly discovered compounds 100x more mutagenic

January 06, 2014

Beware BBQ enthusiasts: newly discovered compounds 100x more mutagenic

These compounds were not previously known to exist, and raise new concerns about the health effects of air pollution or dietary exposure.

According to a news release from Oregon State University, Oregon State researchers have found novel compounds generated by certain kinds of chemical reactions that are hundreds of times more mutagenic than their parent compounds which are known carcinogens. The compounds are produced by chemical reactions found in vehicle exhaust or grilling meat.

These compounds were not previously known to exist, and raise new concerns about the health effects of air pollution or dietary exposure.

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